Twitter Tsunami Scare
Social networking sites have been large contributors to the shift in the way that we share information. Among them, Twitter is responsible for increasing the speed of information exchange. However, our reliance on getting information from these sites and the validity of the information being presented to us may need some reevaluation. Indonesia experienced a Twitter-induced scare when the Twitter account of the disaster management adviser to the President was hacked into. After having recently dealt with a disastrous tsunami that killed over 100 people, the Indonesian people feared another natural catastrophe when the adviser’s tweet read, “Jakarta Tsunami Tomorrow.” After a brief ripple of fear ran through the country, the adviser was able to regain control of his twitter to calm the fears and state the his account was “back to normal.” While social media has many great things to offer, extending or borders, connecting us to a greater network of people, getting us informaion quickly, and changing the way we communicate, it also has its downsides. Just like anything else, Twitter and its fellow sites have potential for misuse and it is important to realize that the content is loosely regulated and they have a long way to go to establish integrity and validity as sources for news and new information.